Smoking pot a personal choice, says Mulcair; no formal party position yet

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on...

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa June 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 2:44 PM ET

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said he believes the decision to smoke weed is a personal one and not something with which the Criminal Code should concern itself.

The NDP doesn't have an official position on the legal marijuana debate yet, and it might not for a while yet.

Speaking at the Canadian Medical Association's general meeting Wednesday, Mulcair said his party has yet to do the necessary consultations within the party.

In the meantime, he says it doesn't make sense to criminalize weed smokers.

"The NDP has been saying for 40 years that it makes no sense for someone to have a criminal record for possession or personal use," he said.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has made it clear he intends to legalize marijuana if elected to power. But the party has yet to release details on how that would work.

The Tories have launched an aggressive anti-marijuana campaign, trying to sell Canadians on the idea that Trudeau's policy would all but put the drug directly in the hands of Canadian youth.

 

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